- Women and Children First is this week’s Radio 4 appeal
- Kathy Lette makes our Radio 4 Appeal this Sunday, 8 December
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"Women are like each other's human wonder bras..."
Our fantastic Patron, Kathy Lette, has recorded a Radio 4 appeal that we certainly hope will make people sit up and listen on Sunday 8 December at 7.55am and 9.26pm and again on Thursday 12 December at 3.27pm.
Every two minutes one woman dies in childbirth – still. Most of these deaths are preventable, according to the World Health Organisation.
Five separate studies show that our work reduces maternal deaths by up to 55%. Our approach is beautifully simple. We help partners in developing countries set up community groups that train women to spot problems in pregnancy and pass on that knowledge to other women. Last year we saved 5,000 mums and their babies in Bangladesh, India and Malawi. Our self-help groups are empowering – and scalable. Once started they run without external resources and provide a catalyst for other women to start self-help groups – that’s Kathy’s wonder bra analogy.
Have a look at the powerful and moving stories about our groups at Women's Talk Saves Lives.
- A £15 loan saved one woman's life – and that of her baby.
- £30 can pay for six women to attend one of our self-help groups for a whole year.
Please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to support our appeal so we can save lives in this simple, cost-effective way. We are a small charity with a big job to do, and so need your support.
Listen to Kathy’s appeal on the Radio 4 website where you can also donate online. Alternatively, please donate directly.
We also need your help to speard the work through social media so please share the link to the appeal with as many people as you can think of – you are our advertisers in the absence of a budget! We are sharing the appeal on Twitter @WCF_UK and on our Facebook page – please share on your accounts too. If you need some suggestions to get you started then here are some you can share.
This is why I support @WCF_UK bbc.in/1cTXqk7 Hope you'll join me in supporting them too
Thank you – on behalf of all the women and babies who you can help to save.
We are so pleased that best selling Kathy Lette makes our Radio 4 Appeal this Sunday, 8 December. Listen to Kathy talking about why she supports our work.
The appeal will be broadcast on 92-95 FM
• Sunday 8 December at 7.55 a.m. and 9.26 p.m
• Thursday 12 December at 3.27 p.m.
Funding from the appeal will help us extend our life-saving work to more poor communities and improve mothers’ and babies’ health.
Spread the word! Tell your friends, family and colleagues about the appeal. If you are a member of a church, a book club or a mother and toddlers’ group then tell the members about our work and the appeal.
“Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better. I have spent my career championing women and fighting for our rights..." Kathy Lette
Kathy Lette, bestselling author, writer and social commentator, is to present our BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal. As a patron of Women and Children First and a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for safe motherhood, Kathy is a natural presenter for our Appeal and we are absolutely thrilled to be working with her.
Kathy wrote her first novel at the tender age of seventeen. Puberty Blues was made into a major film and TV mini-series. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in America, Kathy has written eleven international bestsellers including Mad Cows and How to Kill your Husband Other Handy Household Hints.
“I have spent my career championing women and the causes they embrace and I’m looking forward to taking my support for Women and Children First to the next level by voicing their Appeal on Radio 4,” said Kathy.
“Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better. I have spent my career championing women and fighting for our rights. Women and Children First have helped to improve and save lives of many women and children world wide. As Christmas is a time to celebrate family, it’s the perfect charity to support at this time.”
Kathy has supported us for many years and is a strong advocate for improving the lives of women and children. Her support has helped us to raise awareness of issues such as neonatal and infant mortality and contraception and we are confident that the Radio 4 campaign will help raise awareness of these issues still further and provide critical support to our cause.
The Appeal will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 07.55 on Sunday 8 December 2013 and repeated on Thursday 12 December at 15.27. Remember to switch on and tune in! Your support is of tremendous value to us.
At the end of a three year project in Ntcheu District we can state that, in our intervention areas, 90% of all women now give birth in health facilities and that 95% of these are attended by skilled personnel. Cassie Williams, Programmes Manager.
Across Malawi, thanks to a recent law requiring women to give birth in health facilities, fully 83% of deliveries take place in hospitals giving us a good starting point for success.However,getting from Ntcheu's 2010 level of 77% hasn't been all cake parties and 10km runs. Our dedicated and hard working team have toiled tirelessly with communities and health personnel to reach this impressive figure.
"This moving film tells the personal stories of women who have benefited immensely from being in a women’s group. It shows how solidarity can make a big difference ... how the groups build women’s confidence, and empower them to speak out for things such as roads and latrines which can really make a big difference to their health and wellbeing.."
Ros Davies, Chief Executive of Women and Children First, tells us why we should watch this short film that explains how a little can go such a very long way.
In the UK four children in 1,000 die before they reach five years of age, but in Bangladesh more than twelve times as many die before their fifth birthday. Half of these deaths occur before babies are one week old.
The number of deaths in Bangladesh and similar countries is tragic. But an even greater tragedy is that a lot of these deaths are preventable through a very simple solution. One solution is simply women talking.
Women and Children First has worked in partnership with University College London and the Perinatal Care Project of the Diabetic Society of Bangladesh to help women solve the problems they face during pregnancy and childbirth. The women also learn how to take better care of newborn babies and mobilise their communities to improve maternal and child health.
Together, we have reduced newborn mortality through women’s groups through an astonishing 38%.
By forming women’s groups, where around 25 women meet for two hours each month, women learn to look after themselves properly during pregnancy and to recognise an emergency which needs skilled medical care. The women learn through talking to each other rather than being told what to do. The groups are run by a trained facilitator, using picture cards specially designed to identify important problems such as life-threatening labour complications or infections that can kill babies very quickly.
The women share their newfound knowledge in their villages. Men feel involved and become part of the solution.
This moving film tells the personal stories of women who have benefited immensely from being in a women’s group. It shows how solidarity can make a big difference – a loan worth £15 saved one woman’s life – and how much women learn about how to take care of themselves properly during pregnancy. It also shows how the groups build women’s confidence, and empower them to speak out for things such as roads and latrines which can really make a big difference to their health and wellbeing.
Please watch the film and persuade others to watch it too. We’d love to get your feedback.
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BBC Radio 4 Appeal – Sunday 8th DecemberKathy Lette, bestselling author, writer, social commentator and Patron of Women and Children First, presents our BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.
The Appeal will was broadcast on Radio 4 at 07.55 & 21.26 on Sunday 8 December 2013, repeated Thursday 12 December at 15.27. Please listen to the Radio 4 appeal or donate direct to us.